Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a national and international scheme of achievement recognised by schools, universities and employers worldwide.  The different elements of the Award are designed to be a balance to the academic life. They are activities that happen outside of school and outside of the classroom and build all important skills such as self-sufficiency, resilience, responsibility, independence, leadership and teamwork, all within a safe and enjoyable environment.  

Girls who take part in the award build new skills, meet new people and make their own unique positive impact on the school and local community – one of the main benefits of the programme is that each of our girls can make the experience her own based on the activities she chooses.

At Rye St Antony, girls from Year 9 can follow a balanced programme at one, or through all three, levels which lead to a Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze, Silver or Gold Award with increasing levels of time and commitment required as they move through. Four sections are completed at Bronze and Silver level; at Gold level the girls must complete an additional fifth residential section.

Those girls who achieve all three levels have their commitment and hard work recognised at a prestigious ceremony at either Buckingham Palace or St James’ Palace at prestigious ceremony.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award allows pupils to:

  • Have fun and meet new people
  • Broaden their experience by taking part in exciting and challenging activities
  • Develop new skills and explore new places
  • Build the self-confidence to make their own decisions and improve leadership skills
  • Improve their personal and social development


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, that is designed to support the personal and social development of young people aged from 14 upwards, regardless of their gender, background or ability.

It offers a range of individual challenges and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive and enjoyable activities in their free time, involving them in their communities and widening their interests.

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We are delighted to welcome visitors back to Rye from Monday 8 March.

Please do come for a socially distanced tour, visit our beautiful grounds and excellent facilities. Where possible, visits will be conducted out of school hours.

If a visit in person is not possible, we would still be pleased to meet you virtually.